As I’ve learned to quilt, I amassed three or four different tools to help me close bindings. What I found is that, while the tools work fine, less is more.
I attended a course at a local Original Sewing & Quilting expo, titled, “The Simple Binding”. It was hosted by a gentleman who had been judging quilts for years. He showed us a technique to attach and close the binding on your quilt without extra tools or rulers. I love it, and this is how I close my quilts 100% of the time now.
Step 1: Cut your binding strips
I recently purchased a June Tailor Shape Cut Pro ruler.
This ruler made cutting a pile of perfect 2 1/2″ strips a breeze. My rotary cutter blade did “stick” a little in the slots, but I expect with further use, that will improve.
I like 2 1/2″ strips, either bias, or cross grain for my quilt binding.
2 1/2″ provides nice full binding coverage for a variety of batting thicknesses, and is easy to machine stitch-in-the ditch (more later).
If you hate cutting strips, use a jelly roll.
Step 2: Stitch End-to-End, Press, Trim
- Sew the strips together
- Trim the excess leaving about 1/4″ seam allowance
- Trim the “dog ears”
- Press the seams open
- Press the entire length of 2 1/2″ binding in half once, lengthwise
Do you want a quick video tutorial?
A SIMPLE BINDING – PART 1
Step 3: Sew the binding to the top of your quilt sandwich
- Align the unfinished edge of the binding to the unfinished edge of your quilt
- Stitch the binding to the quilt sandwich using a 1/4″ seam allowance
*** Leave about a 10″ gap un-sewn, with excess binding for closure
- Connect the ends of the binding – A technique without rulers…
- Flip, form the mitered corners and stitch in the ditch to finish the binding.
A SIMPLE BINDING – PART 2